For years it was called Chang'An, that means “Long peace in the world”. as a city with a history of over 3000 years, Xi'An is shining with tradition as well as modern culture. Xi'An is one of the oldest cities in China. The city was known as Chang’an during the most glorious dynasties of Han and Tang, standing for a long period of political stability. It’s no longer the capital of China, but historical changes didn’t polish away the power of Xi'An. With profound culture foundation, Xi'An is irreplaceable for Chinese.
This article is primarily written to document my own memory of Xi'an. But if you're heading to Xi'an as an independent, budget-conscious, or culinary-focused traveler, I'm happy to share my experience with you. Keep in mind that your own experience with the locals may be different, one way or another, as I traveled through China as a Chinese-speaking foreigner. In May 2011, we kicked off our overland trip of Northern China with several memorable days in Xi'an. The criteria of our trip included: - Focus on authentic local culture and food - Did I mention EXCELLENT LOCAL FOOD? - Basic but reasonably comfortable accommodation at central location - Public transportation (best way to familiarize with the city!) - Budget of RMB 350 (CAD$53) per person per day, including: - Hotel - RMB 100 (per person in double room with private bathroom) - Food - RMB 75 - Admission Tickets - RMB 100 per person per day - Local Transportation - RMB 25 per day - Other Spending - RMB 50 We actually ended up spending less than RMB 350 per day, but it's always better to allow for a little excess.